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Politics, Power, Patronage and Conflicts of Interest: The Albany County Coroners Office

From its Very Beginnings, the Office of the Coroner was Tainted by Politics, Greed and Corruption.

The office of the coroner has existed for about 800 years and began in England, in the 1300s when the office of the “crowner” was created to investigate suspected felony deaths. Then, as now, there was government interest in such deaths and it wasn’t justice or public health. You see, the coroner, if he found that the death was due to a felony, would then investigate and confiscate the felon’s property, which went to the crown. Of course the coroner would get a cut of the goods, too. So, from its very beginnings, the office of the coroner was tainted by politics, greed and corruption. Add to this toxic mix the Democrat political machine in Albany, and it can’t get much worse.


Three out of the four incumbent coroners are Guess what? funeral directors actively practicing in the Albany County region. Charles Smoot, the de rigueur token African American at the Albany County Coroner’s office, and one coroner the others would like to get rid of for a number of reasons, John Keegan, and Paul Marra are funeral directors and work as coroners. There’s a conflict of interest here because the coroner has to call a funeral director or funeral home to take custody of the body after the investigation. If you were in the business, who would you call?

Timothy Cavenaugh owes his claim to the coroner’s office to his political connections and to the fact that his father, James Cavenaugh, was Albany County Coroner before him. It appears that the Albany County coroner is not only political, it’s hereditary.

You’ve all seen the Newcomer Cryptkeeper ads on TV.

It does get worse, though, and here’s how: One of the contenders for the elected position is Frank Simmons, another funeral director, who — according to the recent Albany Times Union report —  works for Guess who? Newcomer Funerals and Cremations in Albany. Yes, that’s the same nickel-and-diming, factory funeral provider that’s part of the Newcomer Funeral Services Group, the funeral home chain that operates in some 10 states. Newcomer just opened a new location in Latham and it seems they need more bodies so why not run for coroner? Does anyone see the plan, the agenda, the potential for corruption and conflicts of interest in this coroner system as it operates in Albany County? (The Holubs dumpster-diving moghuls of the Ghettochopper, that is, Pricechopper fame have bought a share of Albany government; now it’s Newcomer Funerals and Cremations who what their share of the local action?)


Editor’s Note:

If you haven’t had the opportunity to read our articles on Newcomer Funerals and Cremations, Service Corporation International (a.k.a. Dignity Memorial), and StoneMor, please see our articles at:


In a 2010 article published in the Times Union  (Coroner saw much in his decades on job, Times Union, November 24, 2010) reported on an Albany County Coroner, Bill Loetterle (now deceased, see his obituary), in which Loetterle describes some of his experiences, and provides some insights into the operations of the coroner’s position in Albany County. He describes how in one case he was ready to call a murder, the police stepped in and overruled him calling it a suicide. Sends up red flags already. He describes serious mistakes being made in the coroner’s office like getting names wrong for the bodies in their custody. In that article, Dr Jeffrey Hubbard, a pathologist working with the Albany County Coroners Office is quoted as saying “the coroners office doesn’t have the answers and doesn’t know when they are going to come about. They are waiting for the pathologist, or pathology lab or for the police.” Makes you wonder why there’s a coroners office in the first place.

Then why have the extra level, the coroners, if they don’t have the answers and have to rely on the pathologist or the police? The County of Albany is already paying the pathologists and the police are already on the payroll. Sounds political and corrupt to us.

You might go back to Loetterle’s tale about the homicide called suicide by the police, overruling the opinion of the coroner. Do you really think that isn’t possible given the fact that the politics in Albany County run law enforcement and the coroners office? Better think again!

Former Albany County Coroner William Loetterle was a Purchasing Agent at GE

So, Loetterle (A Democrat, of course!) came on board as an appointed part-time coroner in 1979 and stayed on the job until 2010, 30 years! Loetterle worked for GE as a purchasing agent. That’s the qualification of the guy who’s going to determine the circumstances of a suspicious or unattended death, whether on the street or in the hospital, and sign the death certificate. It’s no wonder that death statistics are so screwed up!

In the TU 2010 article, though, Mr Loetterle, if you don’t believe he was part of the machine, totally unqualified and just outright ignorant, we read that in his “educated” opinion, “having coroners is better than having medical examiners because it’s much less costly for the taxpayers.” We’ve done a thorough study of the coroner and ME system and we know that that statement is categorically untrue and incorrect, as we’ll point out below.

Albany County Coroners are so good that they actually sent a woman who was still alive to the morgue!

The coroner is poorly trained and doesn’t have the necessary education to do the job

Furthermore, the office of coroner is for all practical purposes antiquated and obsolete. Moreover, it’s more costly to taxpayers because it actually duplicates effort and costs, and is actually detrimental to the public health efforts and programs at state and federal level because the coroner is poorly trained and doesn’t have the necessary education to do the job. That and the fact that it’s an elected position and only those candidates that get local political party approval get on the ballot.


Incompetence goes viral….

In a New York Times article, the writer refers to the coroners office as a “relic.” The article goes on to describe how an elderly woman was found in her apartment in an Albany complex for the elderly:

The old woman was sprawled on her living room floor, cold and motionless, and the apartment manager who found her on Wednesday was sure she was gone. Paramedics and the Albany County Coroner… found no heartbeat, no pulse, no breath or other signs of life, and the [Albany] coroner declared her officially dead.

They zipped Mildred C. Clarke, 86, into a body bag, took her to the morgue at the Albany Medical Center Hospital and left her in a room where corpses are kept at 40 degrees, pending autopsies or funerals. About 90 minutes later, the chief morgue attendant went in to transfer her to a funeral home.  (NYTimes

Albany paramedics and an Albany County coroner declare the woman dead, transfer her to Albany Medical Center, and no one there has any interest in confirming she’s dead or alive, and she gets put into a refrigerator where she stays until a morgue attendant notices the body bag moving. Something out of a horror flick? Hell, NO! It’s Albany County and Albany Medical Center at work!

Lucky she wasn’t an organ donor! But according to a NYT follow-up report Mrs Clark later died a week later at Albany Medical Center of ‘undisclosed causes,’ according to an Albany Medical Center spokesperson. (NYTimes)

William X Kienzle even includes the incident in his book, Requiem for Moses  (Kienzle, William X. Requiem for Moses. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Pub, 2013). That’s how Albany County gets on the map, we suppose.


So that brings us to another Times Union article published just recently, on May 23, 2017, entitled “Albany coroners race could have Democratic Primary. Democratic nominees face 4 others in Albany County” The reporter writes, “following a long, often contentious and disorganized Albany County Democratic Committee meeting…two incumbent coroners secured the Democratic nomination” for the coroner posts up for re-election. Four others were also endorsed by the Democrats. Can it get any more political?

Of course, the Albany County Democratic Committee chairman, Jack Flynn, would not comment on the strong interest in the coroner post but we will.

Albany County: No politics. No power. No patronage. No way!

A couple of years ago, Albany County considered changing over to the medical examiner system where a licensed and specially trained physician would do the death investigations (“Charter panel weighs coroner’s role,” Times Union, April 29, 2013). That article describes the Albany County Charter Committee as “11-member panel will tread lightly around the perception that it’s bent on curtailing anyone’s power.” Power. Not the public’s interests or welfare but power. The article is otherwise uninformative beyond confirming the corruption of the Albany Democratic machine and the infighting.

Somehow Albany has managed to misinform and keep the electorate ignorant and County Executive McCoy, Democratic Committee chairman Flynn, Majority Leader Frank Commisso (majority leader since 1993!), and certainly not the coroners or their highly-paid local pathologists or Albany Medical Center, whose facilities the Albany County Coroners Office uses for storing bodies and for forensic examinations. They all have an interest in keeping the obsolete and antiquated Albany County Coroners Office in place despite good evidence that it should be dumped and replaced by a medical examiner system. But no politics, no power, no patronage? No way!

This wouldn’t be a political position and would be governed by the professional ethics and oversight agencies that watchdog physician’s activities. But that wouldn’t be something the Albany Democrats would be interested in, would it? No politics. No power. No patrons. No way!

We should mention here that both Schenectady and Rensselaer Counties, as well as the majority of the rest of the country, especially those more advanced locales, have opted for the medical examiner system over and against the coroner system. There are many good reasons for this and we’ll be discussing them in future parts of this series of articles. The unfounded opinion of some supporters of the Albany County Coroners Office that the coroner system is less expensive to tax payers are misinformed and make no sense. The coroner system is in most studies of the system found to be incompetent, inefficient, expensive, and detrimental to the public’s health. Too many unqualified or politically ambitious people tend to seek these offices and should take their egos on a vacation. Coroners, at least the Albany County Coroners, have another agenda, as we’ll point out below.

But in the old days, local docs could be found who would sell their signature for a Tootsie Roll., and we have evidence of one physician, now deceased, who assisted the Office of the Albany County Coroner by signing death certificates for a fee-per-signature; he was actually selling his signature for a fee, and didn’t give a damn what was on the DC. His cause of death was always ASD, heart disease! If you examine the death certificates he signed you’ll find he certified almost every single death inappropriately using an abbreviation (more on this later), ASD, “arteriosclerotic disease”, making the false impression that almost every death investigated by the Office of the Coroner was due to heart disease. Think of what that could mean to national statistics on death due to heart disease if such corruption is widespread! It is. And published studies prove that fact. Scientific, peer-reviewed studies show that heart disease as a cause of death was a highly reported fake cause of death. It was over-reported by ignorant people completing death certificates with no qualifications, or who didn’t really care what the cause of death was, so cardiac death was an easy way out.  Frequently still is.

Studies also show that coroners and many physicians do not know how to properly complete a death certificate. And many physicians don’t know when they are legally authorized to sign a death certificate, frequently giving an incorrect cause of death. If physicians can make those blunders think of the damage an untrained, poorly educated coroner like Bill Loetterle, Charles Smoot and others like them can do!

The On-call coroner Frequently Doesn’t Even Go to the Scene but Completes and Signs a Death Certificate

If it works for one, it’ll work for many. This scandalous practice continues to be the case. We have received information from the Albany County Coroner’s office that when a call reporting a death is made to the Office of the Albany County Coroner, the coroner goes directly to the scene of the death, investigates, makes his report, and, depending on his findings, completes the death certificate and signs it. That’s what the coroner’s office tells us.  What we have learned from some professionals who work with the Albany County Coroner’s Office is that the on-call coroner frequently doesn’t even go to the scene but completes and signs a death certificate. Incredible? Maybe, but really quite likely knowing how Albany County operates.

Now let’s have a closer look at Albany County before we proceed with a more detailed discussion of what MEs and coroners are required to do and how it affects us as individuals, and as a state and nation. Albany has been a Democrat party stronghold literally for generations, and the Party has a stranglehold on public office. Most of the institutions in the City of Albany and Albany County are controlled by the local Democrats who have established a powerful system of patronage: If you’re not a Democrat and a log-roller, or you don’t know someone in City Hall, you simply don’t get a job or you don’t get elected. It’s a simple but corrupt system to say the least. Qualifications or credentials may play a role but it’s really who you know, not what you know. So it’s no big surprise to note that all of the Albany County Coroners, all elected officials, are all Democrats.

You may also find it interesting to know that two of the four coroners are licensed funeral directors running local funeral homes, Paul Marra of Marra Funeral Home (Cohoes), and John Keegan of Magin & Keegan Funeral Home (Albany). One of the coroners, Charles Smoot, claims to be a licensed funeral director, and if he is he must be doing behind the scenes work – so-called “trade” work — for other funeral homes; no one seems to know where he works but the Albany County Coroner’s office confirms that he is a licensed funeral director. Informants in the funeral services business in Albany tell us they never see him at any continuing education events, a requirement for funeral directors and for coroners. So Smoot, as we have mentioned, may be just a fixture in the Coroners Office, the token, but even so, he’s not popular in the Albany County Coroners Office. They’ve been trying to get rid of him for some time now, we hear. We also have information that alleged funeral director-coroner Charles Smoot has close connections with Anthony Perniciaro of the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home (Troy) so guess who’s likely to get Smoot’s bodies.

How Public Office is Inherited in Albany County

The fourth Albany County coroner is Timothy Cavanaugh is a good example of how positions in the Albany Democrat machine get handed out, or in Cavanaugh’s case, handed down. Timothy is the son of a former, now dead, Albany County coroner, James Cavanaugh. The Cavanaugh dynasty is an example of how public office is inherited in Albany County. The same is true of one other coroner, Paul Marra, son of former coroner John Marra, also of Marra funeral Home in Cohoes. See the patterns? We’d also like to note that Paul Marra and John Keegan are not listed as owners on their respective funeral home web pages. We find that rather questionable, since we feel that those web pages should list the owners’ names or at least let the visitor know who is running the show. Or is does this have more sinister implications related to the owner’s holding a public elected office and possible conflicts of interest. You know, of course, that the coroners have to contact a licensed funeral home to transfer and take custody of the body once the investigation is completed.

Magin & Keegan Funeral Home, Cohoes

So we found it a bit suspicious when we asked about funeral homes used by the coroners, the Albany County Coroner’s Office could provide no information on which funeral homes the coroner’s tend to use for transferring the deceased. Three coroners who are funeral directors, two of whom own funeral homes, and one of which claims to be a licensed funeral director with close connections with a Troy funeral home. Now there couldn’t be any conflict or interest or abuse of public office here, could there? Not in Albany County?

And it does get even worse…

John Keegan not only co-owns and operates Capital District Affordable Cremations LLC in Albany, New York, Anthony Pernicaro of McLoughlan and Mason Funeral Home, Troy, is also one of the co-owners. That’s the same Anthony Pernicaro and the same McLoughlan and Mason Funeral Home we connected with Albany County Coroner Charles Smoot! Insider information received from local funeral home operators indicates that the three Albany County Coroner/Funeral Directors are abusing their positions to steer business to their own funeral homes and their other businesses.

Given the importance of ethics and integrity in public office and the adverse effect on health statistics information collected by death investigators like coroners, you’d think recordkeeping would be a high-priority item on the list of coroner administrative requirements; after all, it’s the office that is required to collect information and report it on such a serious occurrence such as a death. Well, recordkeeping is not really a very high priority in the Albany County Office of Coroners.

Here are just a couple of deficiencies we found in our investigation:

First of all, we place great value on documentation and fact-finding. This requires a system and it also requires a knowledge of how information and data collection affect other departments, programs and even government agencies. Apparently, the Albany County Coroners Office got left in the 1300s, while other locales changed over to the medical examiner system or at least developed data collection forms that reflect the importance of the death investigation data collected during the coroner call.

If anything clearly demonstrates the substandard workings of the Albany County Coroners Office, it’s the form used for documenting the death investigation. Here’s an Albany County Coroners Call Sheet used to document the facts of the scene investigation. Compare it to this one from Indiana (+coroners general death investigation protocol_indiana)or even this simplified one from Cleveland (+Coroner-Call Sheet (Cleveland Ohio)). But our investigation found even more substandard practices in the Albany County Coroners Office. Here are just a few:

  • No up-to-date or upgraded software for entering and administering information collected by coroners (A key employee of the Albany coroners’ office tells us that the software they are using dates back to the 1980’s and has not been updated; the office can’t do queries or generate reports from the software. What’s up with this, Albany County?) (Per information received from the Coroners Office, “The computer system used by The Albany County Coroner’s Office is an internal spread sheet that has been created for our use. All records are also kept as paper copy within the Albany County Hall of Records.”)
  • No way to determine which coroner had which case and when (Wouldn’t that be of interest when you consider almost 1000 coroner calls in 2015 and more than 900 coroner calls in 2016?)
  • No way to report cases that were closed without autopsy and those that went to autopsy
  • No way to determine which coroner used which funeral home to transfer the body Now that’s convenient, isn’t it, considering that three of the coroners are funeral directors, two of whom own funeral homes, and one of whom allegedly has a close connection with a Troy funeral home?)
  • An unacceptable delay in getting autopsy reports: up to 90 days! When cases go to autopsy, there is a significant delay in getting the autopsy reports from the medicolegal/forensic pathologist (the Albany coroners office has four pathologists on call Drs Hubbard, Sikirica, Balasubramaniam (“Dr Bala”), and a Dr Ing, and one physician assisting the coroners, a Dr John Len). So why the delay in the autopsy reports and the consequent delay in closing the case?
  • Apparently there is no way for the coroners office to report which cases are pending closure and which are closed.
  • Cases are not tabulated by coroner; they are tabulated only as a total The Albany County Office of Coroners is unable to list dates of coroner’s calls with a corresponding coroner’s name, location, funeral home, or case closing date. We find this to be gross dereliction of responsibilities!
  • The Albany County Office of Coroners does not keep a list of funeral homes used by the coroners. We don’t wonder Why? Do you?
  • Contrary to personal informal reports we have received, and which resulted in our interest in this topic, the Albany County Office of Coroners tells us that they have received no complaints regarding the performance of their coroners. (Per the Coroner’s Office, “As stated above any complaints against The Albany County Coroners would go through The Albany County Board of Legislators. In checking with them on this matter, no complaints have been filed against this office.” Do you wonder?)

Although the coroners have no medical training, and can be elected from any status in the general public, as long as they can get on the ballot. According to statute coroners must participate in a minimal death investigation course. The Albany County Office of Coroners reports that “all” county coroners receive annual training through the

  • New York State Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners (NYSACME)
  • The American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigation
  • The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and
  • Funeral Director CEU (continuing education units).

We note that the Albany County Office of Coroners response clearly reads “[a]ll of our coroners receive yearly training through those organizations. Does “all” mean all as in every, each? If it does we have some questions. One of those questions arise because we have personal communications from funeral professionals who state that they don’t see Charles Smoot at any of the funeral director continuing education events (CEU). Where is he getting his continuing training? Who’s paying for it? The answer to the first question is: Nobody knows. The answer to the second question is: We are.

Given the inadequate documentation, and without some documentation of a coroner’s whereabouts at a particular time a coroner’s case is called in and a death investigation is supposedly being done it will be very difficult if not impossible, to defend against any claims that the coroners are not attending at the death scene but are signing death certificates without due and diligent investigation. This is a serious issue and must be responded to and dealt with. We now publicly submit this question to the Albany County Office of Coroners and demand a response.

Here’s what the Albany County Budget for 2017 lists for the Albany County Coroners Office:

 Albany County Coroners Office Personnel Count

2015 2016 2017
A 1185 Personnel Count 6 6 6
A1185 Coroner $725,824 $733,039 $733,239
2014 2015 2016
A 1185 Personnel Count 6 6 6
A1185 Coroner $693,504 $727,294 $728,729

So the budget figures don’t lie but they also don’t tell the whole story. So we filed several demands for production of documents and information under the New York State Public Officers Law or the Freedom of Information Law. All criticisms aside, we have to give credit where credit is due: The clerk / administrator and confidential secretary at the Albany County Coroners Office have been very helpful and forthcoming, and we hope honest — in providing information in response to our demands. Unfortunately, much of what they provided does not speak in favor of the coroners office:

Albany Medical Center Propaganda

In 2015, Albany Medical Center performed all of 222 autopsies for the Albany County coroners. In 2016 , Albany Medical Center again performed a majority of our 230 autopsies for Albany County. Ellis Hospital began a contract with Albany County at this time but, according to the Coroners Office “a breakdown of these numbers is not possible with out going through each case by hand.” This is the 21st century, people! Everyone has computer software for keeping these sorts of records! Why doesn’t Albany County?

Albany County does not bill for out-of-county residence. If a person dies within Albany County, Albany County picks up the cost of Coroner involvement, pursuant to New York State Law. According to a Times Union report these costs totaled nearly $113,000 from January 2012 to August 2013 (“The dead’s tab: $61,426. When a patient flown to Albany Med dies, Albany County pays for the autopsy.” Times Union, November 25, 2014). During that same period the $61,426 for 56 outside cases in 2012 accounted for about 10 percent of the coroner’s overall $603,000 2013 budget. .But they can and should bill the cost back to the county of residence.

As mentioned above, the Albany County Coroners Office uses outside pathologists: Jeffrey Hubbard MD, Michael Sikirica MD, and Nadarajah Balasubramaniam MD a.k.a. Dr Bala. We demanded information regarding the costs of pathologist services and the Coroners Office provided these figures:

Pathology rates per patient:
Autopsy 770.00
Certification of Death 75.00
Review of records/exam/Certification 360.00

 

Amounts Paid to Pathologists
Per year
2015
Dr. Hubbard $46,980.00
Forensic Medical Services
Drs Sikirica and Balasubramaniam
$138,075.00
2016
Dr. Hubbard $68,125.00
Forensic Medical Services
Drs Sikirica and Balasubramaniam
$146,725.00

Albany Medical Center Autopsy Room

In addition to the three pathologists, John Len MD is a so-called physician assisting the coroners. Len was paid $3,350.00 in 2015, and $11,285.00 in 2016 for “assisting” Albany County coroners. Len, in other words, sells his signature to certify deaths when there is no personal physician.

Albany Medical Center has been the Albany County Coroners Office’s primary autopsy and lab and facility for the years 2015 and 2016. Ellis Hospital (Schenectady) began a contract with Albany County at the end of 2016, it is on a trial basis continuing through 2017.

Amount Paid to Albany Medical Center (Autopsy Services)
2015
Albany Medical Center $198,890.94
2016
Albany Medical Center $189,532.98
Ellis Hospital $6,550.00

Additional Laboratory Testing Services: In 2015 and 2016 National Medical and Bender Laboratories were used for additional toxicology services.

2016
National Medical $7,242.00
Bender Laboratories $27,500.00
2015
National Medical $13,881.66
Bender Laboratories $1770.00

We have demanded this same information from the Schenectady and Rensselaer Medical Examiner Offices and from the Greene County Office of the Coroner. As of this writing, their responses are still outstanding. Once we receive that information, we will publish a comparison of the systems.

Literally thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of deaths in Albany County are in a limbo land thanks to the decrepit and irresponsible administration of coroner records in the Albany County Coroners Office

Whereas the New York State Department of Health (NYDOH) has implemented an Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS) in a number of counties in New York State,  implementation of the system in 2017 does not alter the fact that substandard recordkeeping in the Albany County Coroners Office has prevented any attempt at quality control or even retrieval of important data for administrative, study or research purposes. This means that information on literally thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of deaths in Albany County are in a limbo land thanks to the decrepit and irresponsible administration of coroner records in the Albany County Coroners Office.

It’s too little too late for many and we really have to ask the burning question, “Who dropped the ball for so many years?”

It’s the 21st century and it was a long time in finally coming but is still not fully implemented throughout the state, New York State’s Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS) in a secure web-based system for electronically registering deaths. EDRS simplifies the data collection process and enhances communication between health care providers and medical certifiers, medical examiners/coroners, funeral directors, and local registrars as they work together to register deaths. That having been said, it’s too little too late for many and we really have to ask the burning question, “Who dropped the ball for so many years?”

For now, though, Albany County Residents and our readers far and wide can draw their own conclusions about Albany County and it’s questionable rationale in keeping the obsolete, inefficient, and antiquated Albany County Coroners Office, apart from the obvious corrupt and self-serving political, power, patronage and economic interests involved.

We’d like to invite you to share your experiences of the coroner and medical examiner system with us. We’ll share them with our readers to enable them to be better informed and to improve their public health systems.

It’s time to do a forensic autopsy on Albany County and the Albany County Coroners Office!

 

Time to Autopsy the
Albany County Coroners Office

The Editor


Editor’s Note

The Albany Times Union reported that Mr Frank Simmons, one of the controversial candidates for Albany County Coroner, is an employee of Newcomer Funerals and Cremations: “Simmons, a funeral home director at New Comer Funerals and Cremations, intend[s] to petition to be on the ballot for the Democratic primary in September.” We have received information from a reliable source and in the funeral service business that Simmons is not employed by Newcomer but by the John J. Sandvidge Funeral Home, Troy. We are looking into this information and have notified Ms Amanda Fries, author of the Times Union article.


 

 
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New Baltimore Town Supervisor Dellisanti to Resident: “When does this turn into Harassment?”

Short Answer: It doesn’t, really. But whenever you choose to grow up, Mr Dellisanti, and measure up to the job, and prevent the misuse of our town’s resources, when you join the fight against incompetence, and you put justice and fair play first, it will likely turn into good local government. But the area hasn’t seen that in so long, no one can remember what it is.

Longish — but far more interesting — Answer: Read the article below.


It’s a bizarre question that New Baltimore Town Supervisor Nick Dellisanti (R) asks a Resident who Communicated with Dellisanti by eMail

Why does this elected official choose to respond to a resident with such a suggestive question. Yes, ‘suggestive,’ because, by responding in such a manner, Dellisanti is suggesting that he feels he was being harassed, and Dellisanti knows well that harassment is a crime. Here are some details.

New Baltimore Supervisor Nick Dellisanti thinks he's being harassed.

New Baltimore Supervisor Nick Dellisanti thinks he’s being harassed.

After years of ongoing neglect and indifference to the condition of streets and drainage in the Hamlet and National Historic District of the Town of New Baltimore, New York, and after numerous notifications, requests, and inquiries to the New Baltimore Town Board specifically referencing the Town of New Baltimore Highway Department and the incompetence of the elected Highway Superintendent, Denis Jordan, two residents had enough when they noted that the failure to maintain the drainage ditches and storm drains, whose maintenance under the law is the responsibility of  the Town of New Baltimore through the New Baltimore Highway Department, had caused serious structural damage to a residential property. They found that the New Baltimore Highway Department, under the direct personal supervision of Mr Denis Jordan, had neglected the drains and drainage on several Hamlet streets, which resulted in serious damage to the property.

The residents joined several other residents in filing separate Notices of Claim on the Town of New Baltimore and the New Baltimore Highway Department, specifically naming Mr Denis Jordan as a defendant.


No sooner had the residents demanded an on-site visit by members of the New Baltimore Town Board, Mr Jordan’s crews showed up to clean out drainage ditches — after ignoring required maintenance for at least 3 years — and proceeded to excavate storm drains buried for almost 20 years — according to a statement made to one of the residents by Mr Scott vanWormer, deputy superintendent of highways — and the crews started digging up culverts and replacing them.

One resident, noting the work being done, asked Why? the culverts had to be replaced. The answer provided by the New Baltimore Highway employee was: “The Town does not own a jet machine which is used to clean the pipes. Therefore the town would have to hire a company to do such work, which would cost much more than the new pipe. We have, in the past, worked with the fire dept. to flush the pipes. But when pipes are plugged that badly, flushing does not work, particularly if there are roots growing in the pipes.”

This raises several questions: Mr vanWormer clearly states in his email that the pipes were replaced and not cleaned “due to the age of the pipes…when pipes are plugged that badly…there are roots growing in the pipes.” Bottom line: if the pipes, that is the culverts, and storm drains were maintained as required, they would likely not have to have been replaced? If the culverts were maintained as required, wouldn’t that have prevented roots from growing in the pipes? Seems that much of what the NB Highway Department has as a justification is based on observations made after the culverts were dug up, and if normal maintenance had been performed, the drains would not have remained buried for more than 17 years and the “roots” would not have grown into the culverts. It’s that simple.

Rather than Respond to or Meet with Concerned Residents, Denis Jordan Responded “Let them sue us.”

During the work being done on New Street, the resident urgently requested Supervisor Dellisanti, Deputy Supervisor Ruso, Councilwoman Shelly vanEtten, and HIghway Supervisor Denis Jordan to stop work and meet with the resident to discuss the work being done, how it was planned to cure the problems, and to review the resident’s information on the problems. The Town of New Baltimore ignored the request and Mr Jordan completed his project. The damage was worsened and the problems were not solved. Later, in response to a demand for information under the Freedom of Information Law, the Town produced Mr Dellisanti’s notes about contact with Jordan, who for some time didn’t bother to respond even to the Supervisor, and when he did respond, refused to set up a meeting saying, “Let them sue us!” And now the residents are taking Mr Jordan’s advice and are suing the Town of New Baltimore.

In addition to keeping the Town of New Baltimore very well informed on the problems on Madison Avenue East and New Street, the resident has collected dozens of emails and hundreds of documentation photographs of the situation. The resident reports to the Town Board each time the Highway Department appear to make a show of “maintenance”. Too little too late, Mr Dellisanti, Mr Ruso, Mr Jordan, given the fact that the damage has already been done.

In one email, History in the Making (October 26, 2016), the resident writes:

Good morning!

Am I hallucinating?!?! For the first time in more than 5 years I have actually seen New Baltimore Highway Department personnel armed with leaf blowers clearing gutters and the new storm drains. Who built the fire under their butts?

Luckily I got shots of the pre-blow condition but Hey! who’s complaining?

My recommendation is REMOVE the leaves and debris, don’t just blow it all over resident’s lawns. But maybe that’s moving a bit too fast for the NBHD [New Baltimore Highway Department] or even New Baltimore.

One further recommendation is to contact the New Baltimore Town Historian and give him this information. Let him know I have some historical photos of this event, which he might want to add to the archives.

I’m truly humbled by having witnessed history’s first leaf clearing on New Street in the lovely Historic District of New Baltimore.

Thank you, God!

And thank you New Baltimore!

Gratefully and humbly,
[Name Redacted]

Supervisor Dellisanti writes back: “OK.” That’s it! Just “OK”.

And in a second email, Enhanced Roadwork (November 2, 2016), the resident writes:

I stand in awe before you! I stand in awe at what a looming, well-founded lawsuit can inspire in our public servants and elected officials. I stand in awe and disbelief of the apparition this morning at or about 9:30 on November 2, 2016, of Town of New Baltimore Highway Department trucks moving down New Street — YES! New Street in New Baltimore — sucking up leaves while sucking up to residents. What a sight! I seriously don’t believe I have ever seen such a vision in the 15 years I’ve had the dubious pleasure of living on New Street. I seriously have to wonder why it took dozens of notifications, a Notice of Claim, property damage, a lawsuit, and almost a decade to have achieved this level of paltry service. Is this evidence of property owners’ tax dollars at work? Can we expect a reduction in taxes as the result?

I would love to know the temperature and cooking time of the fire we’ve built under Denis Jordan’s and a few others’ butts to have made this happen. When I find out, I’ll certainly share the recipe with other residents so that they, too, can share in this exultation, this visionary experience!

Meanwhile, we’re still waiting for that traffic cone if you can locate any in local residents’ garages. The so-called “catchment” is catching everything into the culvert. Interesting. When I revisit Scott vanWormer’s reasons for digging up the culverts (pls see the email), I wonder that the town can find the money to replace culverts because they can’t find the money to flush culverts. The new one, at the rate of filling I’ve observed, will soon need replacement. How much will that cost taxpayers, Mr Jordan? Oh, excuse me, Mr Jordan, it slipped my mind that you don’t speak to or respond to residents unless it’s to say, “Let them sue us.” (By the way, that “us” you’re referring to is the New Baltimore Community, Sir! But your time is coming to pay the piper, Mr Jordan.)

We’re just waiting for a personal injury or vehicular accident to occur in your so-called “catchment”, for which I’ve been asking for a traffic cone for what is it now, five weeks? My how time flies when you’re avoiding duties and responsibilities.

Should you have any questions, please let me know. This might be a great time to contact the Smalbany blog with this event.

Kind regards,
[Name Redacted]

Rather than respond with some sort of sensible answer, Supervisor Dellisanti gets all indignant and writes back:

“Thanks. When does this turn into harassment?”

Touchy, aren’t we? Did we have a bad day? Is the job getting too much for you, Nick?

The resident writes back to Dellisanti:

It’s poetic. And I do hope you’re joking but I’ll take my chances considering the stakes. How about you?

Any news on the cone?*

*Editor’s Note: The “cone” is a traffic cone requested repeatedly by the resident to mark a hazard created by the Highway Department. For more information on the “cone”, please see our article, “We requested a cone and got this!” (August 11, 2016)

This is Harassment

This is Harassment

Actually, Mr Dellisanti it’s your question, and since we’re not attorneys, shouldn’t you be asking your town attorney, Mr Tal Rappelea, that question? He doesn’t seem to be much good to the town otherwise but maybe he can look up the State law on harassment, we did, and find that harassment is pretty serious, and it’s pretty crazy for a town supervisor to write back to a resident/taxpayer suggesting that he, Dellisanti, feels harassed. So let’s be clear, here’s what the law defines as “harassment”:

Harassment in the first degree is defined as: Intentionally and repeatedly harassing another person by following them in a public place, or engaging in a course of conduct which places another person in reasonable fear of physical injury. This is considered a B Misdemeanor charge. A B Misdemeanor can carry up to 90 days in jail. Ref: NY State Law §240.25

This too!

This too!

Well, Mr Dellisanti, having received the two emails above, do you live in “fear of physical injury“? If you do, it’s time for you to make an appointment with a shrink, because that sounds like you are paranoid.

Second Degree Aggravated Harassment: Aggravated harassment in the second degree is considered more serious than a straight harassment charge. This offense is defined as acting with the intent to annoy, threaten, or alarm another person and: Communicating with them or causing someone to communicate with them in a way likely to cause annoyance or alarm, or
Shoving, kicking, hitting, etc. another person because of their race, color, national origin, or religion. This criminal offense is classified as an A Misdemeanor charge which carries a potential 1 year in jail. Ref: NY State Law §240.30

This is highly unlikely to be harassment to the normal person.

This is highly unlikely to be harassment to the normal person.

So, Mr Dellisanti, it appears that you might be suggesting that the resident is “acting with the intent to annoy, threaten, or alarm” you or is communicating with you to cause you “annoyance or alarm.” Is that what you believe? We’d be concerned with the “intent” part of this definition, if we were you. But are you really “annoyed”, “threatened”, or “alarmed” by these two emails? We can understand that you’d be annoyed because it seems you are not doing your job and you’re getting your nose rubbed into it. You may be alarmed because you are being implicated in the wrongdoing and the liability for the damage done because you haven’t done anything about it. But would it be more accurate to say that you are scared, or intimidated by Mr Jordan. Are you “threatened” by Mr Jordan? Are you “annoyed” by Mr Jordan? Are you “alarmed” by Mr Jordan, Mr Dellisanti? I would appear that you are. From our point of view, it seems you’d have a better chance of succeeding, therefore, if you were to threaten Mr Jordan with “harassment”, in addition to all the rest of the charges that would apply to his incompetence, indifference, neglect, and dereliction of duties and responsibilities to the residents, property owners, and taxpayers of New Baltimore.

Do you still feel harassed, Mr Dellisanti?

Do you still feel harassed, Mr Dellisanti?

Or is it your opinion, Mr Dellisanti, that instead of engaging in corrective actions and productive, constructive dialogue with residents and taxpayers to resolve known problems and to serve the public good,  Mr Jordan is justified and right in his response to you, “Let them sue us.” After all, you and Jordan are not the real “us” in that statement, the “us” in that statement means the residents, property owners, and taxpayers of the Town of New Baltimore, the very people who are paying your unearned salaries and being injured in the process.

And what are you and the New Baltimore Town Board going to do when Mr Jordan’s dereliction results in the Town’s insurance carrier, Trident, decides that New Baltimore is too much of a risk, thanks to Mr Jordan, and decides to cancel the policy, to drop the Town of New Baltimore? What then?

The hard-working, good people of the Town of New Baltimore deserve better, much better from their elected officials and for their tax dollars! And so, you are being sued by a number of New Baltimore property owners and residents thanks to Mr Denis Jordan, your incompetent and indifferent New Baltimore Highway Superintendent. You’ve done next to nothing to fix the problem, except to respond to a resident with “harassment.” Shame on you Mr Dellisanti! Shame on you Mr Jordan! Shame on you New Baltimore Town Board!

Editor’s P.s.:  Mr Dellisanti, we hope you’re making some plans for after this term in office because we don’t think you have much of a political future in this town, that is, judging based on your performance in dealing with the New Baltimore Highway Department weasel and with barking dogs. Mr Ruso, you’d bettter start making some plans, too.

And to the voters of the Town of New Baltimore and other residents: You can, like the residents and voters of the Town of Coeymans, thank yourselves for your misery and abuse. If a few more of you would use your brains instead of your genitals more often, and if you attended town board meetings and spoke up about the misuse of resources and abuse of office, your quality of life might improve. Move your asses and your jaws; attend town board meetings and speak up! 

Our Advice to YOU, Mr Dellisanti

Our Advice to YOU, Mr Dellisanti
The Editor


Now, for our most recent reports on local scoundrels click on a link below:

Lee Davis Scandal (New Baltimore)

Tom Meacham Scandal (New Baltimore)

Kurt Froehlich/Coxsackie Dental Arts Scandal

Jim Youmans Scandal (Coeymans)

 

Double-Standard Davis: Asking New Baltimore for another Term as Town Justice?

animated-updateLee Davis lost his bid for re-election to another party-boy, Tom Meacham (R). We found that Meacham, even before the elections, was violating NY’s Code of Judicial Ethics and New York Judicial Law, and we’ll be filing a formal complaint against Meacham in the very near future. It seems that New Baltimore, like so many towns and villages, can manage only to scrape the bottom of the barrel to find non-achievers to fill their local courts with ignorant party-butt-kissers. We’ll work to change that and improve local justice.


Two candidates are vying for the office of Town Justice in the Town of New Baltimore. Two misfits are asking voters in New Baltimore to put them on the local justice court, the bottom-feeder of the New York State Unified Court System, as bottom-feeder justices. Tom Meacham has already been exposed as being ignorant and unfit for judicial office because he’s already violated several provisions of New York’s Judicial Law and Code of Judicial Ethics even as a mere candidate. Either he’s dumb as dirt or he’s sleeping with the wrong keepers. But the bottom line is: he’s unfit for judicial office, even in a bottom-feeder town court. (See our recent article on Tom Meacham at: Tom Meacham Not Even Elected but Already Ethics Violations!!!!)

Meacham and Davis: Bottom-feeders seeking election to bottom-feeder judgeship.

Meacham and Davis: Bottom-feeders seeking election to bottom-feeder judgeship.

So that leaves the sucker voters of New Baltimore with the other candidate, Lee Davis, who apparently likes to refer to himself as “Judge” Davis. It’s that very egocentric, narcissistic “Judge Davis” on his campaign signs that initially attracted our attention. Yes, Mr “Judge” Davis, has been unfortunate enough to have gotten our attention, and we think he should have your attention, too, New Baltimore voters.

The initial question we had was about Davis’ character. Why would a local candidate want to distance himself from his neighbors, the voters, his community by adopting his office as his personal identifier. He flaunts “Judge” as if he were ashamed of his name, “Lee”. Our conclusion was that he is a stuffed-shirt. Lee Davis is not the person “Lee” Davis, he’s become his role, his office. This is a very serious transformation, and it’s one that we don’t want in an elected official, because any elected official who “becomes” his office can’t fully relate to people in the way that a judge must. Anyone like that has lost his person-ality and cannot attain the necessary wisdom to judge.

Our concerns led us to do some investigation and research on Mr Lee “Judge” Davis, and what we found and where we found it will send shivers down your spines.

And so…

Mr Lee “Judge” Davis is not what you see and what you see is not what you’re getting. At least not according to Lee “Judge” Davis’ older brother, Harry Davis, whom we have found and who has shared quite a bit of background on Lee “Judge” Davis, and we’d like (1) to share that information with our readers and the New Baltimore community, and (2) demand that Mr Lee “Judge” Davis come forward with either a denial with facts or to bow out of the New Baltimore elections and go into hiding.

Tokin' Judge?

Tokin’ Judge?
Yeah. But he don’t inhale.

The most damning allegation made by Mr Lee “Judge” Davis’ brother is that Davis used/uses drugs and allegedly cultivates weed somewhere on his 7-acre property in the town of New Baltimore. Although Davis’ older brother admits to introducing the sitting New Baltimore town justice to unlawful pleasures, Harry Davis alleges that his brother is a user and a dealer/distributor. This is a serious allegation indeed and is one that Mr Lee “Judge” Davis must be called to refute and to refute convincingly.

Mr Lee “Judge” Davis’ older brother Harry, who ran for public office once in Rochester on a legalize drugs theme, insists that his brother Lee “Judge” Davis is a “hypocrite” and “limosine liberal,” too!

Harry Davis provides a long history of Lee Davis’ activities working with convicted criminals to promote their rights in prison while neglecting his disabled brother. Harry calls his brother Lee a “limosine liberal” because while he’s Goody Two-shoes on the outside, all he’s doing is making himself visible for his own interests. When Harry Davis calls Lee Davis a “limosine liberal” it’s because Harry considers Lee to be unauthentic, dishonest, and a hypocrite. Not the kind of guy we need judging our citizens.

This sounds about right because Lee Davis is running on the Democrap ticket; that’s the liberal, socialist party now in the United States, and they’re not really known for their good judgment or morals.

It’s no secret that Harry and Lee are estranged at the very least but there’s no reason for us to doubt what Harry has to say about Lee, since Harry is very candid about himself and his mistakes. But Harry’s not asking to be voted to judicial office either.

Gimme your vote!

Gimme your vote!

Among the many things that Harry has shared with us is that Lee was involved in a shady property deal that left his brother Harry out in the cold, literally, and allegedly cheated Harry out of his share. Even the suggestion of such conduct is disqualifying for a judge. If you do that to your brother, what can a stranger expect?

Harry also alleges that Lee was negligent in caring for their elderly mother, who, allegedly due to Lee’s negligence, was involved in a serious traffic accident while operating a motor vehicle, and later died of complications. Harry alleges she should never have been driving at her age and that Lee allowed her to do so. If this is true, this shows a very serious lack of good judgment on Lee Davis’ part.

Harry does tend to go on about Lee’s myriad wrongs and misconduct, and we have to understand that there’s a great deal of hurt there. There’s a great deal of fact, too, we believe. You see, Harry has presented his case perhaps a bit colorfully but given his openness and some of the supporting information, we tend to believe that Harry is generally credible.

But whether Harry is hurt or not, even if a tiny portion of what he has told us is true, this community must seriously investigate Lee Davis’ fitness to fill any public office, much more so if he’s asking to be re-elected to be town justice in New Baltimore.

Lee Davis is a small-change attorney who works for the New York State Department of Health allegedly in a unit that slaps naughty doctors’ hands. Davis was previously in the corrections system where he advocated for prisoners’ rights. Davis makes about $95,000 a year with the State of New York and that’s nothing compared to what a real lawyer would be making. So it appears that although Davis is something of a non-achiever, someone who doesn’t really aim very high, on the outside, he’s apparently a sneaky weasel on the inside, which is consistent with a cowardly, insecure personality.

If Lee “Judge” Davis cannot foster justice and fair-play in his own immediate family…

bottom-lineThe Town of New Baltimore and the Democrap party backing Lee Davis are not forthcoming with information on this character so that the voting public know who he is and what he’s all about. All we get is what they want us to know and hear. Well, now we need to hear from the Democraps on how they vetted their candidate, Lee “Judge” Davis, and from Davis himself in response to his older brother’s allegations. We don’t really expect Lee Davis to respond or, even if he does, to admit the truth. Given that expectation we have to urge voters to keep this man off the bench in New Baltimore. After all, given the allegations by Davis’ older brother, Harry, Lee Davis has some really smelly baggage.

An even deeper question is: If Lee “Judge” Davis cannot foster justice and fair-play in his own immediate family, how can he claim to do that in a courtroom of strangers? Our expectation is that he cannot and consequently he has no business passing judgment on anyone!

Our final question to Lee Davis, bottom-feeder attorney, is why he is so happy being a town justice, a bottom-feeder judge on a bottom-feeder court, and Why? he hasn’t aimed higher, for a real judgeship? Maybe it’s because he’d be under greater scrutiny, vetted, and his background investigated and the truth about Lee Davis would be out and he’d be disqualified! Maybe that’s why he’s settling for a small town Democrap backing on a small-town court. Think about that.

Given the pre-election violations by Tom Meacham (R) and the fatal information on Lee Davis (D) provided by his older brother Harry Davis, New Baltimore doesn’t have any electable candidates for the seat on the New Baltimore Town Court. That leaves only the alleged adulterer dumbass Joseph Farrell on the New Baltimore Town Court. Dunce Farrell has been around for so long he probably should be kept in a museum case as the “Petrified Town Justice”, since his brain has long turned to sludge. But Farrell has made a lot of friends in New Baltimore and they’re enough to keep him in office, as long as they can depend on him.

The New York State Unified Court System has been trying for years to find a way around the town and village court system and the problems that bottom-feeder town and village justices cause due to their ignorance and incompetence. Town and village justices do not have to be lawyers, do not have to have a college educations, and need only a high-school diploma to be a town or village justice. Did you know that? Then you have little or no background checks, and their political party backers are interested only if they can get them elected. It’s the rest of us who have to deal with them for their four-year terms, if we are so unfortunate as to have to appear before one of them. The very least we have to to do protect ourselves is to do our own homework and keep the crazies and scoundrels off the bench.

Let your vote count and write in “FairPlay” and let them count that vote.

Residents and voters of Albany and Greene counties are not second class citizens and we shouldn’t be offered the sub-standard dregs we are getting from the political parties and local party committees; that’s not what our votes are for. Our votes are not food for their egos; our votes are for the good of the people, not for the good of the politicians. Let your vote count and write in “FairPlay” and let them count that vote. Don’t give the scoundrels numbers on the balloting. Just write “FairPlay” in the write-in space on the ballot on Tuesday, and let that be counted as your vote!

That may be your only defense, Lee Davis. The Editor

That may be your only defense, Lee Davis.
The Editor

Editor’s note: We have asked one of our contributors to contact the Town of New Baltimore to ask Lee Davis if he has an older brother, Harry, and if Harry lives in Rochester. Once we have that confirmation, we will pursue other relevant questions. As of this writing, the Town of New Baltimore has not responded.

 

The Crandall, Dolan, Touchette Connection: Wanna Be Sick?

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It never ceases to amaze us how Ravena and Coeymans seem to wallow in their own sewerage — sometimes literally — when it comes to putting local wannabes and losers on the election ballots. This time around, though, the town of Coeymans seems to have outdone itself with its scatological selection of dolts, crooks, and recycled losers. What is wrong with Coeymans? Why is it Coeymans can’t find anyone to run without a laundry list of unlawful conduct, corrupt practices and outright crookery? Let’s have a look at what Coeymans has put on its plate of “Let’s have crow for dinner”.

Albany County & Coeymans Run A Bunch of Losers

Albany County & Coeymans Run A Bunch of Losers

Tom Dolan: We might as well start with this king of the loser wannabes. Dolan has a long history of non-performance but is a major backstabber waffler. Dolan is right there when the spotlight is on someone else and he’s ready to make some stupid comment he thinks will make him shine but only exposes his absolute ignorance and stupidity. But he’s chairman of the Coeymans democrap committee and he can choose and endorse democrap candidates for public office in the Coeymans communities. That’s sick!

Tom Dolan is Coeymans’ answer to Ravena’s Bill Bailey

Just his short-term history will give you an idea of who this vulture is: Remember Dolan’s voter registration scandal he created from his Choices program office? We do. He was allegedly using his position as director of the Choices program to “encourage” recipients to register a certain way-in support of Dolan’s ambitions, obviously. It was sort of buy-a-vote for benefits. Is that what we need in town government? Dolan was there for renaming Coeymans “Reubenville“; in other words he prostituted the town of Coeymans for a roast beef sandwich. He didn’t care how ridiculous it made the community appear. He got a fistful of coupons for free sandwiches (no record was ever kept of the hundreds of coupons and where they went). Actually, when we think of dithering dolts, Tom Dolan is Coeymans’ answer to Ravena’s Bill Bailey!

Dolan also lost his bid for a seat in the New York State Senate. It wasn’t just a loss, it was a political disaster.

Dolan and his cronies were key in selling out to Carver Companies and letting Carver Laraway rape the community, get tax breaks and make millions at the community’s and the environment’s expense. We’d like to know where the DEC and the EPA was when all that was going on; or where the DEC and the EPA are now that all of the crap is running into the Coeymans Creek. It sure makes a difference when and where the DEC and EPA show up when you have the likes of Tom Dolan, Larry Conrad, Jerry Deluca, Gregory Darlington and other vermin on your side, doesn’t it?


Is Laverne “Larry” Conrad, Coeymans Code Enforcement Officer, A Key Here?

Remember...

Remember…Time is running out.

It would be salvific if Mr Conrad, as he approaches death, were to consider confessing his involvement in so many corrupt and damning transactions and conspiracies; if Mr Laverne “Larry” Conrad were to come clean, seek absolution, and reconciliation with those, to whom he has caused so much suffering, he may find some redemptive merit in also bringing those whose guilt he shares, by exposing them, to seek forgiveness and peace. That would be a very meritorious Christian final gesture on Mr Conrad’s part, and a contribution to making this a better world before he leaves it, before he comes face-to-face with his creator and judge. How about it, Mr Conrad? If you want to schedule an appointment with a chaplain, just write confidentially to rcs.confidential@gmail.com.


The Carver, DEC, EPA, Coeymans Deals

The Carver, DEC, EPA, Coeymans Deals

And where are all those jobs that were created to convince the stupids in Coeymans and the corrupt EPA to give Laraway and his Carver Companies license to rape the environment and create new dangers for residents with increased heavy truck traffic and dust, Dust, DUST! Thanks Dolan!

Not only that, here we have Dolan’s own wife, My Lin Dolan, suing the town of Coeymans for a nose injury the clumsy cow sustained on town property. That’s how Dolan stewards the town of Coeymans’ interest: his wife sues the town. In a document dated September 1, 2015, from Dolan’s attorney to the Town of Coeymans, the town is served with notice of Dolan’s claim. Dolan’s response: Everyone has the right to sue. But that response doesn’t apply to everyone, of course.

But Dolan’s real failure is in his role as chairman of the Coeymans democrap party. All that Dolan could come up with is a handful of loser political recycles: Phil Crandall, Youmans, Touchette, and of course, Dolan himself.

Youmans, Crandall, Dolan, Touchette

Youmans, Crandall, Dolan, Touchette

The best way we can say is to be found in some “confidential” papers that we have acquired and go back to former judge Phil Crandall’s problems with the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, and which resulted in Mr Crandall’s resignation from his elected judgeship after only two years on the bench (He was elected to be a Coeymans town justice and also served as a part-time village of Ravena justice alongside his backstabbing colleague, Harold “Hal” Warner, husband of village of Ravena village hall harlot Nancy Warner). (Read the Times Union report, “Coeymans town justice resigns amid charges“.)

It’s interesting to note that Crandall’s resignation was connected with favors he did for Dolan, Touchette and others while still a judge. Just as we’ve been writing and informing the community over the past 3 years, there are two classes of citizens in the town of Coeymans: those in the incest club and everyone else. As charter members of the Coeymans Incest Club (a.k.a. the Coeymanazis) Dolan, Youmans, Touchette and Crandall took care of one another and others until the water got too hot. You all know the saying, “No honor among thieves.” Well, the Dolan gang was living proof of the saying. Crandall may have done the favors but Dolan and Touchette certainly weren’t turning them down.

The examples we are providing below come directly from the Formal Complaint against Crandall filed with the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct and the “stipulation” of resignation in lieu of hearing signed by Crandall. By signing the stipulation Crandall agreed to resign all judicial offices he held and he also agreed never to run again for judicial office. You can certainly guess why he wanted to avoid a hearing at all costs, can’t you? If there were a hearing an awful lot of rats would be jumping ship or would be shipped downstate to enjoy the hospitality of the New York State Corrections system.

But All Three Freaks are Alive

But All Three Freaks are Alive

Charge I of the Complaint involves Crandall and Richard “Dick” Touchette’s son, Jeffrey, who was charged with failure to stop at a stop sign. According to the documents, Crandall met Tochette “at church” (“At church” no less! That could only be at St Patrick’s RC of Ravena. Talk about hypocrits!), where Touchette discussed with Crandall Touchette’s son’s pending court appearance. At the time, Gregory Teresi was village attorney, and his practice was to “plea bargain” friends’ tickets to parking tickets (a fine of $25.000, but that wasn’t good enough for Touchette or for Crandall, Crandall had it fixed to be an ACOD, adjourned in contemplatin of dismissal. The Commission found that to be in violation of the Constitution and in violation of Judiciary Law. In other words, Richard “Dick” Touchette, now running for County Legislature, unlawfully met with then judge Crandall to get his son’s moving violation fixed. Is Touchette or Crandall the kind of people we need in government? We say NO!

Charge II of the Complaint describes a second incident, and involves Crandall’s brother-in-law, James A. Albano, who was ticketed for an uninspected vehicle. Again, Gregory Teresi was involved. When Albano appeared in court, Crandall dismissed the charge. The Commission found that Crandall acted unethically and unlawfully by knowingly hearing the case of a close relative, his brother-in-law (Crandall is married to Albano’s sister), finding that Crandall granted a “lenient dispostion” to a relative, and so violated the Constitution and Judiciary Law.

Charge III of the Complaint involves candidate for re-election to the Town of Coeymans town council, Mr Thomas E. “Tom” Dolan, who is also Coeymans democrap committee chairman, who got Youmans and Touchette on the ballot! The Commission notes that Dolan was charged with and ticketed by a state trooper for speeding (78 mph in a 65 mph area). The case was to be heard in Coeymans court. The problem is Crandall should not have been involved to hear the case because Dolan was on the town council at the time and the Coeymans town council determined Crandall’s salary; there was a serious conflict of interest involved. Dolan appeared before Crandall and Crandall accepted Gregory Teresi’s “plea bargain” to change the ticket to a parking ticket ($25.00 fine). The Commission found Crandall guilty of violation of the Constitution and of Judiciary Law.

Coeymans seems to have outdone itself with its scatological selection of dolts, crooks, and recycled losers as candidates for public office!

clueless is no excuse

Charge IV of the Complaint involves Crandall misusing his judicial office to intervene in a dispute between local police-former chief Gregory “Duplin'” Darlington and Gerald “Dirty Hands Jerry” Deluca were all involved in this one. The Complaint reports that Deluca entered Crandall’s daughter’s, Jena Crandall, residence without a warrant and searched the place, which got Crandall’s “son-in-law”, Anthony Walsh, in a huff. Crandall improperly used his position as town judge to intervene and to try to get the Coeymans police to apologize to avoid a lawsuit. The Commission found this to be a violation of the Constitution and of Judiciary Law. Crandall misused is office to influence the police.

The papers include certified transcriptions of the telephone conversation between Crandall and Darlington, parts of which we found to be very interesting in terms of Crandall’s relationship with Mr Stephen Flach, Coeymans town supervisor. Somehow these statements don’t really make you comfortable with the guy’s character. Here are a couple:

CRANDALL: “…I think we can makethis all go away…This is all Steve Flach and his horde need to try to eliminate the police department again and I don’t want that.”
CRANDALL:–And I don’t want this. I don’t want any of this to go any further than here. I just want you to take care of it.”
DARLINGTON: “…And I don’t understand what — how this has to do with civil rights or Flach wanting to get rid of the police department.”
CRANDALL: “No, I’m just afraid. I’m afraid that he’ll use something like this with his dominions.”
DARLINGTON: “Mm-hmmm…”
CRANDALL: “He’ll pack a town board meeting and start raising hell, and I don’t want that.”
DARLINGTON: “Right.”
CRANDALL:”Because I want our police department.”
DARLINGTON: “Mm-hmmm…”
CRANDALL: “…Just think of how you would feel if this happened to your daughter or son-in-law.”

Well, having read the transcript, we can’t say we agree with Crandall, even if the Coeymans police department at the time was a bunch of ignorant, corrupt thugs. It appears that once the corruption was removed from the town court and from the police department, Mr Flach’s police department is running perfectly. We have a law enforcement professional in Chief P.J. McKenna who is doing a stellar job. The Coeymans police department is still there but it’s doing its job professionally. Any other questions Mr Crandall? Seems that was a very bad call, Mr Crandall. You lose again!

We have a law enforcement professional in Chief P.J. McKenna who is doing a stellar job

We also have some off-the-record information from the village of Ravena. It seems that former mayor John Bruno wanted Phil Crandall to be a village/town justice so that he, Crandall, could be elected to be Coeymans town supervisor. Apparently, Bruno and his minions felt that if Crandall were elected to that position, the village would have a chance to take over Coeymans. The plan sounds so crazy its believable given the history of Bruno’s minions, Nancy Warner, Hal Warner, Kathy and “Dirty-Hands-Jerry” Deluca and the Darlingtons, and their minions!

Here we have local elected officials conspiring together to abuse the trust the public put into them when they were elected. They’re asking for and getting favors from insiders, something none of us can do. But these are just a couple of the incidents. We’ve already published information on local officials getting special favors for their kids’ drug and vehicular offenses from the Deluca-Darlington police department and from local judges. Cathy Deluca lied to a police investigator (Jason Albert) and obstructed justice, misdemeanors at least, but the Deluca-Darlington police department refused to investigate.

While former Ravena mummy-mayor Bruno and Nancy Warner may have been prepping Crandall to be Coeymans town supervisor, Crandall obviously gave favors to the wrong people and his own turned on him (Hal and Nancy Warner), forcing him to resign or go to hearing. A hearing was out of the questions because it would have opened the floodgates for investigations into Ravena government and the cat would have hit the fan.

You can make all the excuses you want for Crandall but the bottom line is that he’s unfit for elected office as Coeymans town supervisor.

That brings us to Tom Dolan and his picks for democrap candidates, Dick Touchette and Youmans. Touchette was a member of the Coeymans town board in 2011 but lost his bid for re-election in 2011. He campaigned alongside Crandall in 2011. Touchette lost the election in 2011. Our question is what has changed to make Dolan think this community wants the likes of Touchette back in 2015? Is that the best democrap chairman Dolan can do for Coeymans is to offer another loser to the community for election? So, when Youmans and Touchette lost the elections, they decided they would retaliate by pushing to terminate health benefits for elected officials! Of course, Mr and Mrs Crandall backed them all the way. They’re an example of the good church-goin’ Christian hypocrites swarming at St Patrick’s RC in Ravena!

Dolan, Crandal, Youmans, Touchette, Masti, Miller

And isn’t it odd that John Bruno (former mayor of Ravena), Phil Crandall (former village and town justice), “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca (former Coeymans cop), Cathy Deluca (former 3x failed healthclub manager), Gregory Darlington (former Coeymans police chief), Gregory Teresi (former village attorney), Joseph Teresi (former NYS court judge) were all shown the door at about the same time. Is there some connection with “Leave or Go to Jail”? Did those exits signal an end to decades of corruption? How is it that Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares has lasted this long? He should be the next dumpy dolt to go!

In an article several months ago, we informed our readers that Touchette is director of the diocesan cemeteries. Look around Ravena and Coeymans; they’ve turned into virtual graveyards. Maybe Mr Dolan wants a professional graveyard manager in office so that cemetery management principles can be applied to Ravena and Coeymans, to Albany County. Well, so far Mr Touchette and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany haven’t managed any resurrections in the graveyards so we don’t have very high hopes that Mr Touchette, if elected to the Albany County Legislature, will be very successful in bringing life back to dead communities. Or does Dolan simply want Touchette to manage the county and our communities like a big cemetery? It’s really scary but then its Halloween time, isn’t it? No thanks, Mr Dolan, Mr Touchette!

The Touchette Touch

The Touchette Touch

More examples of how Dick Touchette is a slippery worm: Does anyone remember back in 2008, the Town of Coeymans had received a Small Cities Grant in the amount of $750,000.00 and Mr Touchette, then town councilman Touchette, moved to refuse the grant. Mr Youmans, then town councilman Youmans, seconded the motion. Coeymans didn’t receive the money. Thanks Mr Touchette and Mr Youmans.

Does anyone remember the recent lawsuits brought against the town of Coeymans, Coeymans Recycling, TCI, D. Trickey brought by Clearwater, Coeymans Heritage Society, and several citizens. Richart Touchette was one of those going after the town of Coeymans and the other defendants in that lawsuit. Apparently Mr Touchette got cold feet and lost his environmental principles when Mr Dolan approached him to run for office and but his name stayed on the list of plaintiffs. Talk about a major waffler! Richard “Dick” Touchette has no balls when it comes to sticking with the issues. But one thing is abundantly clear, our resident cemetery manager, Dick Touchette, is against anything that will bring prosperity or apparent prosperity to Coeymans. He and Youmans killed the small cities grant and Touchette and his mob are trying to kill jobs in Coeymans. Well, what would you expect from Dick Touchette — all he knows is managing cemeteries and is more familiar with dead things.

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Wouldn’t it be better and make more sense to just rally residents to enforce environmental vision and public safety through local government and demanding that the EPA, DEC, and Corps of Engineers do their business fairly and uniformly, rather than being tools of corruption, killing local small businesses? Yeah. That might take some integrity and some balls, and none of the democrap candidates have that equipment.

Yup

Yup! I’m a waffler, a ball-less wonder!
Yes, I am.

(Touchette & Youmans)

And what about Jim Youmans? Another big-time loser. Youmans took office when firebug Henry Traver was indicted for arson and had to resign from the office of Coeymans town supervisor. Legend has it that Youmans was such a vile jerk that during executive session poor Henry Traver had to have the Coeymans police on site in order to ensure that Youmans didn’t hurt someone (probably Henry). Youmans is a really poor excuse for an electable candidate. His inability to be a team player and the fact that he’s a schoolyard bully are big negatives and should keep him out of public office. And did you know that Youmans is a used car salesman? Really! He’s a used car salesman and we all know the reputation of the legendary used car salesman, don’t we? Well, Youmans gave the used car salesman of jokes galore the poor reputation they have. Do we need a used car salesman on the town board? Or the likes of Youmans? Hell NO!

Well, there you have it in a nutshell. The democrap choices for local government. Mr Dolan has no record to speak of except failures and absolutely no skills in town government. He’s proved also that he is a failure when it comes to choosing candidates for the democrap slate this November. We’ve shown above that Dolan’s choices have all been on the take in the past. What’s worse still is that Dolan’s democrap loser’s club are exactly those characters who played roles in exposing Coeymans supervisor candidate Phil Crandal’s corruption. What more needs to be said?

Well, there is more and that more is about “Matt-the-Mutt” Miller’s bid for election to the Albany County Legislature. We have a lot to say about that weasel’s arrogance and corruption and his history of abuse of his teacher’s job, his double-dipping, his questionable allegiances, and his overall crookery and corruption. It’s unimaginable that he would have any support in his bid for election but that support is likely coming from NYSUT, the teachers union. Matt Miller is the union’s bitch in RCS. He’ll be the teachers union’s bitch in the Albany County Legislature, where he’ll continue is unethical practices and corruption. More on the “Mutt”in our next article.

Our Advice: Stay Away from the Give-it-Away Party, the Democraps!

Dolan, Crandall, Youmans, Touchette, Masti, Miller: You'd better develop a taste for roadkill!

Dolan, Crandall, Youmans, Touchette, Masti, Miller: You’d better develop a taste for roadkill!
The Editor

Upcoming articles:

  • RCS Own Double-dipper Union Bitch Matt-the-Mutt Miller wants a seat in the Albany county legislature?
  • A Closer Look at New Baltimore’s Illiterate Highway Superintendent Denis Jordan: A model of misuse, abuse, disorder, waste, corruption.
  • New Baltimore’s Answer to Hot Air Balloons: Arthur Fullerton.

 

 
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George Acker, Greene County Independence Party Chairman: “We never forget.”

New Baltimore in Focus or In Our Sights. You Decide.

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Looks like the New Baltimore Re-pubic-an Incumbents on the town board are in for a scary ride this time. Nick Dellisanti and sidekick Jeff Ruso seem to have done a classic job of pissing off the Independence Party hierarchy and may have lost some much-needed support.

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The Independence party supported Nick Dellisanti (R) and his group last election but Dellisanti turned around and screwed with the Independence party candidates when the voting was done. Dellisanti’s suicidal statement: “Republicans appoint Republicans” is turning out to be a poison pill for him and anyone running alongside him.

While the Independence party may have an axe to grind with Dellisanti, the past two years have been really disappointing overall. Dellisanti and his group don’t seem to be able to set any milestone accomplishments. What they do seem to have excelled in, however is distortion, deception and misrepresentation. Seems also that they don’t have the wherewithal to fight battles, within town hall and outside of town hall, because they don’t understand the local culture.

But what can you expect from outsiders, anyway?

The Dellisanti group fails in leadership

New Baltimore town supervisor Nick Dellisanti (R) and town board member Jeff Ruso (R) behaved unethically, using local supporters and disposing of them ungratefully after the voting was done — after all, according to Dellisanti, “Republicans appoint republicans,” (for example: Barbara Finke (R) to be town clerk, Kathy Rundberg (R) to be planning board chair, etc.). We’d like to see appointments by merit and for the good of the community as a whole, not just for party cronies, Mr Dellisanti. But their failings don’t stop there. The Dellisanti group fails in leadership and does not respond affirmatively nor decisively to residents. Moreover, Dellisanti and Ruso have the bizarre tendency to ignore residents’ offers of participation in local town affairs, ignoring correspondence on a number of occasions. Rather than calling them liars outright, Dellisanti and Ruso have their own versions of facts, too. Where’s the transparency, accountability, collaboration we were promised?

On the Democrap side your have wicked-weasel-momma Diane Louis; generally disliked in just about every circle but this wicked-weasel-momma that she is, she has staying power (probably because she eats her young, despite the fact that she’s vegetarian). Very nasty piece of work.

Arlene McKeon is Louis’ sidekick and has an ego to match. You can be certain of one thing: Louis and McKeon have the interests of Louis and McKeon at the top of their priority list.

On the Re-pubic-an side you have another wicked-weasel-momma, Jean Horne, who has a listening problem but likes to give orders. Ever hear the story why we have two ears and one mouth, Jean? Jean is going to have to do some puddle-jumping to keep her feet clear of the doggy-doo piles being left by her darlings Dellisanti, Ruso and others. Horne will also have a problem with New Baltimore highway superintendent Denis Jordan who can’t seem to cooperate with town hall, can’t seem to handle the job he’s expected to do as highway superintendent (more on Hamlet streets in an upcoming article), but has plenty of town-time to take care of special locals — sort of favors for votes. But isn’t that illegal, Mr Dellisanti? You know about it but you haven’t done much about it. Why is that? Jordan has to go!

And then there’s the question of the money being paid to New Baltimore animal control officer Joe Tanner who works full time elsewhere and can’t possibly respond to animal control calls until he get off his other job. That’s why he conjures up undocumented investigations and why his favorite line is “sign a complaint.” Signing a complaint gets him off the hook and the complainant has to do the work. Nice scam for an additional $3-4,000 a year for nothin’. But isn’t that illegal, too, Mr Dellisanti? And what about you, Mr Ruso, isn’t animal control one of your committees? You know about it but haven’t cleaned house yet. Why is that? (But then neither did democraps David Louis or Susan O’Rorke.)

two ears one mouthThe wicked-weasel mommas stay behind the scenes and like to call shots and bark instructions. They like to pick candidates so they have someone to be their sockpuppets. They also like to play dirty behind the scenes and let others take the crap. That’s their wicked-weasel staying power game.

Do Louis and McKeon take the pill?

Do Louis and McKeon take the pill?

dove with olive branchSo what are the wicked-weasel-mommas going to do now that their wicked-weasel candidates can’t expect to run only with democrap or re-pubic-an backing, and they have to get the backing of the next major party, the Independence Party? You guessed it: They grovel and crawl to George Acker, while they wave their insincere, phoney plastic olive branches, begging the Independence party for support and endorsement. But…

George Acker:The Independence party never forgets.”

Well, now that Dellisanti and Ruso have pretty much sewn themselves into a potato sack and are just waiting to be thrown into the Hudson, Arlene McKeon is going to have to do some fancy steppin’. Why? Because the Independence party will be a hard nut to crack for the repubics. Irene Beede, Independence second-in-command, recently told New Baltimore’s Dellisanti that they’ll “need more signatures” to get Independence backing. Translation: You’re dead in the water. Take a walk. According to Independence party chairman George Acker, “The Independence party never forgets.

Then there’s wicked-weasel-mamma Diane Louis who is begging the Independence party to endorse her new sockpuppet, Arthur Fullerton. We’re researching Fullerton but if the adage, “birds of a feather flock together,” proves true, we have some grave concerns. The very fact that Louis is pushing Fullerton already taints him as being cut from the same cloth as a David Louis or a Susan O’Rorke. We’re looking at him in those terms until some really persuasive stuff comes our way.

Who this Arthur Fullerton is is a bit of a mystery but that’s always the case with the democraps and has been the history of any democrap town hall: keep it in the back room. That’s not to say that the re-pubic-ans don’t have their own secret agendas but,  obviously, when Diane Louis sees something in a potential sockpuppet that alone should put the fear of the Lord in all New Baltimore voters from the get-go! Think David Louis. Think Susan O’Rorke. That’s Diane Louis at work.


First of All, We Have to Take Control of Ourselves!

An editorial aside

Voters in New Baltimore and everywhere must stop letting others think for them. Our whole American culture has become a nation of sheeple. Turn on the TV or the radio and listen. You’re being told what to think, what to buy, what you need, what you want, what you should be thinking, what not to think, what you don’t need. They’re even filling your heads with fear and anxiety. What you should be fearing today. Whom you should fear today. Anxiety and fear are very effective methods of controlling populations (remember Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pho Pot?). Another way of keeping populations under control is to isolate them. Isolation is used in prisons to control populations and it’s used on the general population, too! How? You may very well ask! By creating a self-focused society. A ME!-first society. By destroying institutions that unite people, starting with the family, the church, communities. Isolation. Distractions are also very effective: more toys dominating your attention and you won’t notice what’s going on around you. How about keeping people poor? If you’re worried about your bills and survival, you’re likely not to pay very much attention to politics. Right? Very few people today actually think independently; most are simply robots doing what the media tell them to do. Are YOU one of them? Don’t think for a minute that political party leadership in their conventions, caucuses and whatnot have your interests in mind. They first look at electability. Can we get this guy or gal elected? They’re looking for numbers. And they’re looking to put through THEIR agendas. It’s a power trip for them. It’s an ego trip for them. It’s disaster for us!

One lesson we can learn from recent events in Greece, the birthplace of democracy: when governments are screwing you, take to the streets and change it. Good for you, Greece! Democracy is alive and strong in Greece. It’s all but dead in the USA (maybe it never arrived in the USA…maybe it’s all just a big propaganda spoof and you all believe it)!


For the past two decades or so the town of New Baltimore has been merely a feeding ground for incompetent amateurs feeding their inflated egos with hard-working citizens’ votes. We don’t need Harvard M.B.A.s or healthcare administrators to run this town. We don’t need democraps or re-pubic-ans either, since at this level they are DINOs (democrats in name only) or RINOs (republicans in name only) and they’ll change their party affiliations in a flash if it serves their perverse ambitions. And we don’t need political parties or widked-weasel-mommas to select their cronies and tell us whom we are going to have to vote for. Enough already! We don’t need any more outsider amateurs who want a town they can play with. What we need is some dedicated, community-oriented, sincere, honest people who can respect the local culture and respond to local needs and concerns, while having the balls to take a stand and to tell the downstaters and carpetbaggers that this town of New Baltimore belongs to the people of New Baltimore who make their homes here. What we do need is for native New Baltimorans to wake up and take New Baltimore back. We need neighbors and friends to start running the town and tell the cliques and egomaniacs to take a hike.

Anyone who arrogantly tells another citizen resident that his or her chances of working for the good of this town depends on his or her party affiliation and not on his or her merit; in other words, that “Republicans appoint republicans” does not deserve to be in public office — here or anywhere else.

Fullerton, Dellisanti, Ruso, etc., Will you survive?

Fullerton, Dellisanti, Ruso, etc., Will you survive?

Any candidate running in this town of New Baltimore from this point on will have to pass the acid test, will go through a baptism of fire, before he or she makes it to the ballot. We call upon all citizen residents of New Baltimore to start taking responsibility for this town and to join us in telling Diane Louis, Arlene McKeon, Nick Dellisanti, Jeff Ruso and anyone else that this town is still a democracy and is not a party-political machine shop. Any candidate’s priority must and will be the single common good of the community of New Baltimore and nothing less than that.

We’ll be reporting more on this issue as we move closer to the campaigns. We’ll also keep our ears to the ground and pick up any vibes, do our research, collect our facts and report responsibly to the community. We also need to inform the community of New Baltimore town superintendent of highways, Denis Jordan, and his attempt to stay in office to maximize the damage he can do to the town while banking his pension. There’s an alternative brewing that may be the town’s chance to save itself. Stay tuned!

Let us know what you think. Please leave a comment using the comment feature below. We’d like to hear from you whether you agree with us or not. Be heard! Be heard here!

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Mayor Bruno’s Campaign Letter: Mail Fraud? Official Misconduct?


UPDATE
We have verified that the Bruno letter was processed through the Ravena Post Office and was delivered by U.S.P.S. personnel. We have been informed that several complaints have been sent to the regional postmaster in Albany and to the U.S.P.S. Inspector General for investigation. The NYS Board of Elections has been advised. The Office of the NYS Comptroller has been informed.


How did it get into your mailbox?
No stamp, no postage paid imprint, no bulk permit imprint!
Who put it in your mailbox, anyway?

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Mail Fraud or Official Misconduct?

Mayor John Bruno and his “Colleagues” Martin Case and Rocco Persico need to answer some questions about how a letter to “Occupant” got into Ravena residents’ mailboxes this past week. The letter arrived simply addressed to “Occupant” and had no stamp, no postage paid imprint, and no bulk mail permit imprint. A reliable local source not connected with neither Bruno’s or Misuraça’s campaign confirms the “rumor that the Bruno flyer was inserted in the mailboxes of residents by the mail carrier with no postage and the mail carrier advised that the Mayor had paid the post office.” This allegation has not yet been verified but the source is reliable.

We published the letter and our comments on the letter and you can read about it at Bruno Wants a Fifth “Last and Final” Term.

We’d also like an investigation into where the letter was photocopied and whether village equipment and resources were misused for Bruno’s political campaign. That should be easy enough to prove, Mr Mayor, just produce the receipt from the copying business showing that you paid for the copies and didn’t use village equipment.

If it wasn’t the United States Postal Service mail carrier who put the letters in the Ravena residents’ mailboxes, we’d also like to know who was sneaking along Ravena village streets slipping Bruno’s letter into residents’ mailboxes. Was it a village employee? We want to know!

Either way, there’s something very fishy about Bruno’s letter distribution thing.

The Misuraca campaign did everything by the book. They used stamps or bulk mailing permits, and paid for their copying. No fraud, theft or misconduct there. Just plain honesty and playing by the rules. But we all know that’s not how Mayor Bruno or his “colleagues” Martin Case or Rocco Persico work. Ravena residents, better check your wallets!

Report Fraud, Misconduct!

Report Fraud, Misconduct!

Fraud? Maybe.

Generally speaking, a regular fraud case that would normally be prosecuted by local prosecuting attorneys at the state level can become a federal mail fraud case if the U.S. Postal Service was utilized by the accused defendant to commit the fraud. The U.S. Postal Inspectors are the agency that investigates fraud and other criminal abuse of the U.S. Postal System in furtherance of committing a crime. The mail fraud federal statute is broad based and allows the federal government to prosecute fraud and other types of cases resulting in some instances of sentences of 20 years in federal prison and 30 years in federal prison if a financial institution is the victim of a fraud.

Official Misconduct

Misconduct on the part of U.S. Postal Service employees includes misuse of Postal Service computers, destruction or theft of Postal Service property, falsification of official documents and forgery, theft of funds, abuse of authority, sabotage of operations, narcotics usage or sale of drugs while on duty, and alcohol abuse.

We’ll be contacting the New York State Board of Elections, too, to inform them of this situation and advise them that we are contacting the United States Postal Service Inspector General to request an inquiry and investigation of this incident. We think you should take the same action.

Report Fraud, Theft, Misconduct
Office of the Inspector General
United States Postal Service
http://www.uspsoig.gov/hotline

 Call the Ravena Post Office and Ask for Yourself:

Ravena Post Office
167 Main St, Ravena, NY 12143
Contact Numbers:
Phone: 518-756-2084

Best be sure! Find out NOW! The Editor

Best be sure! Find out NOW!
The Editor

On March 18, 2014, VOTE ROW B, MISURACA for MAYOR
MAHLER for VILLAGE TRUSTEE,
and
WRITE IN LASZLO POLYAK for TRUSTEE
or
Vote for JOEL COYE for Trustee (not both).

“Qui tacet consentire videtur ubi loqui debuit ac potuit.”
“Silence is admission when when the accused ought to have spoken and was able to.”

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Posted by on March 16, 2014 in 2Luck.com, Abuse of Public Office, Accountability, Albany, Albany County Board of Elections, Albany County District Attorney, Albany County Sheriff Department, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Barbara Cumm, Bill Bailey, Bitter Bob (Ross), Bob Dorrance, Bob Knighten, Bob Ross, Bryan Rowzee, Capital District, Catherine Deluca, Catherine M. Deluca, Cathy Deluca, Catskill-Hudson Newspapers, Claude A. Wheeles, Coeymanazis, Coeymans, Coeymans Police Department, Columbia-Greene Media, Craig D. Apple Sr., Daily Mail, David Wukitsch, DEC, Democratic Party Committee, Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of State, Eleanor Luckacovic, Eleanor Oldham, Election Fraud, Elections and Voting, Eliminate Coeymans Police Department, Eric T. Schneiderman, FBI, FBI Criminal Information System, FBI Public Corruption Squad, Fitness Center, Government, Governor Mario Cuomo, Greene County News, Harold Warner, Hearst Corporation, Incompetence, Inspector General, Investigation, Irresponsibility, Joan Ross, John B. Johnson, John Luckacovic, John T. Bruno, Johnson Newspaper Group, Josephine P. Dority née Biscone, Josie Biscone-Bruno, Lazlo Polyak, Mail Fraud, Mark Vinciguerra, Martin Case, Marty Case, Mayor Bruno, Michael Biscone, Michael Fisher, Michael J. Biscone, Misconduct, Misuse of Public Office, Moose Misuraca, Nancy Biscone-Warner, Nancy Warner, New York, New York State, New York State Board of Elections, New York State Election Law, New York State Police, News Channel 10, News Channel 13, News Channel 6, News Herald, Notice of Claim, NYS Assembly, NYS Comptroller Audit, NYS Senate, Office of the Attorney General, Official Misconduct, Pete Lopez, Phillip Crandall, Poll Misconduct, Public Corruption, Ravena, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk, Ravena Coeymans Youth and Teen Activities Center, Ravena Elections, Ravena Health and Fitness Center, Ravena News Herald, Ravena Village Board, Ravena-Coeymans Teen Center, RC Teen Activities Center, RCS Community Library, RegisterStar, Removal of Council Member, Removal of Mayor, Robert Fisk, Rocco Persico, Smalbany, Stephen Flach, The Daily Mail, Thomas E. Dolan, Times Union, Tkaczyk, Tom Dolan, Transparency, U.S.P.S. Inspector General, United States Postal Service, Village Council, William Bailey, Write-in Candidate

 

New Baltimore Witches Coven Night Out…and Waste Town Board Time

They Came Out, Parked Their Brooms, and Spewed Venom
(All Scripted and Neatly Printed Out on Three Pages)

The Ringleaders: Arlene McKeon, Diane Lewis, Marjorie Loux All Demon-crats, All Venomous

The Ringleaders:
Arlene McKeon, Diane Lewis,
Marjorie “Mousey” Loux

All Demon-crats, All Venomous

Demon-crats Come Out In Force (All Three or Four of Them):
Nothing Constructive, Just the Usual Threats, Insults, and Mud-slinging

The New Baltimore contingent of the Sisterhood of the Barren Womb, a local chapter of the New Baltimore Demon-cratic Party, represented by ringleaders Diane Lewis, now of the Coxsackie Regional Chamber of Commerce, failing cha[i]rwoman of the almost defunct New Baltimore Democratic Committee, wife and former “confidential secretary” to former New Baltimore supervisor David Lewis (David Lewis has reinvented himself now as a divorce mediator), Arlene McKeon, one of Lewis’ flying monkeys who pollutes the New Baltimore planning board with beetlejuice and extract of toad, and Marjorie Loux, another toadie of the order of flying monkeys, led the coven of local hex-mongers in a typical venomous, ugly, abusive performance at the March 10 public meeting of the New Baltimore town board.

Itchy, Bitchy and Barren The Sisterhood

Itchy, Bitchy and Barren
The Sisterhood

The coven appeared at the New Baltimore town board meeting to express their outrage and sour grapes about the recent announcement of the resignation of controversial New Baltimore town clerk, Janet Brooks, amid allegations of misuse of public office and her opposition to keeping set hours at the Town Clerk’s office. There wasn’t any mention of the fact that Brooks was collecting a full-time salary as town clerk but felt her time was too valuable to keep full-time hours. In fact, Brooks went on the record to say that if she had to keep regular hours, she wanted more money. Brooks was re-elected to be New Baltimore town clerk in November 2014 and at that time she apparently was enjoying very good health; in March, however, after the shite hit the fan and her antics were published, she all of a sudden developed such health problems that she had to resign her position as town clerk, “because of health issues.”

We reported on Brooks’ misuse of her elected office and other issues on this blog. If you’re interested in reading the stories go to New Baltimore: Just a Hint of Corruption?.

The Demon-crats all made their assault on the town board just after  the suggestion of conflict of interest and questionable campaign contributions was published, exposing former New Baltimore town supervisor Susan K. O’Rorke as having accepted campaign contributions from an insurance company competing for the town’s insurance contracts, and sitting town board members Lisa Benway and Chris Norris’ eager recommendation of that same insurer to be awarded the current insurance contracts for the town. We reported on that one, too, at
New Baltimore: Just a Hint of Corruption?.

How dare these political harlots disrupt the public’s business with their post-menopausal rants!

So here you have former town supervisor David Lewis’ wife, Diane Lewis, who in violation of most accepted ethical and professional codes prohibiting employment of relatives (prohibition of certain degrees of kinship), served both as New Baltimore Democratic Party Committee chairperson while at the same, serving as the “confidential secretary” of the then sitting New Baltimore [Democrat] town supervisor, David Lewis, who was also her husband. Now do we want to talk about corruption and conflict of interest? How about crooked politics?

Demoncrat McKeon Please ignore the stubble.

Demoncrat McKeon
Please ignore the stubble.

We then had to put up with Arlene McKeon’s bitchy concern with who wears hats, jewelry, and fancy clothes to get attention. Well, we studied the town board’s agenda for the March 10 meeting and that wasn’t on the agenda as far as we could see but Hey! McKeon has been known to inhabit the Twilight Zone (which may be why she’s on the New Baltimore Planning Board: she’s turned New Baltimore into a Twilight Zone!).

When we look around the Town of New Baltimore and see what there is here, we have a good idea of what Diane Lewis is doing on the New Baltimore Demon-cratic Committee and in her position on the board of directors of the Coxsackie Regional Chamber of Commerce. By the way, Chris Norris, you know the board member who likes insurance conflict of interest, also sits on the CoC board with Lewis. Now add to that the demoncrat Arlene McKeon who provides her “expertise” on the New Baltimore Planning Board and it’s a miracle we haven’t slipped into a bottomless sinkhole!

 We really don’t have much to say about Marjorie Loux, except that mousey Marjorie is or was deputy town clerk under Janet Brooks, and now that Janet Brooks has resigned, Loux is interim town clerk until a new town clerk can be elected in November. Do you have any doubts about where mousy Marjorie’s loyalties lie? (Think “pockets”!)

You’d think that People like the Coven, Who Have So Much Dirty Laundry, Would have the good sense to lie low and shut up! But they’ve never been big on brains, just sneaky.

Leave Your Dirty Laundry Home, Girls We're Not Interested!

Leave Your Dirty Laundry Home, Girls
We’re Not Interested!

But the Coven showed their true allegiances and sour grapes when they had to read a letter from former town supervisor Susan K. O’Rorke, you know the Susan K. O’Rorke who is employed by Wright Risk Management (WRM), the parent company of New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal (NYMIR), the insurance company “recommended” by board members Lisa Benway and Chris Norris, and the recipient of campaign contributions from those companies and officers of the law firm of Congdon, Flaherty, O’Callahan, Reid, Donlan, Travis & Fishlinger* (William Fishlinger is the founder of WRM!), and who donated part of the contributions to the New Baltimore Democratic Committee (Diane Lewis). Can you imagine Susan O’Rorke after having been booted out of Town Hall and with her shady history of possible conflicts of interest, actually writing a letter to the New Baltimore Town Board defending controversial Town Clerk Janet Brooks after what we have discovered about them both?!? And then having Diane Lewis, Arlene McKeon, and Marjorie Loux (read O’Rorke’s letter at the meeting) disrupting public business to put on their voodoo performance?!? How dare these political harlots disrupt the public’s business with their menopausal rants!

Another toadie, Sharon Bradbury, a neighbor of Brooks and a Coven member, also praised the crook Brooks.

It seems that Jessica Mosier who used to cover the Town of New Baltimore and who has since been removed (Apparently replaced by Jim Planck. It couldn’t have been because of her biased reporting and coziness with the Coven, could it?), reported in the Daily Mail (a rag owned by the same group, the Johnson Newspaper Group who conveniently forgot to publish the résumés of the candidates who ran against the O’Rorke mob but made damned certain to fill half the Ravena News Herald and Greene County News with the O’Rorke mob’s résumés! The O’Rorke mob lost anyway!). Mosier reported in the Daily Mail that Janet Brooks was resigning because of health issues; now Lewis, McKeon, Loux and the Coven are alleging that she resigned because of a “hostile environment.” Well, if going to work to collect a salary and get benefits, and keeping regular office hours is a “hostile environment”, then the majority of honest working folk in this town and everywhere have it all wrong.

The stupidity of the Lewis-McKeon-Loux statements is this: The Daily Mail article of  March 6, 2014, written by Jim Planck (Columbia-Greene Media) quotes Brooks as “citing ‘careful consideration of (her) health issues'”:

Citing “careful consideration of (her) health issues,” Brooks gave notice that the resignation will take effect in two weeks, on Wednesday, March 19, and told Perales that she was “honored and humbled to have served the residents of the town” for all those years.

And again, in the March 13, 2014, issue of the Ravena News Herald, again in an article by Jim Planck (Columbia-Greene Media), Brooks is again quioted by Planck as resigning citing “health issues.” That’s two published reports by the same author in different newspapers saying the same thing: Brooks herself is saying she’s resigning for health issues.  Furthermore, Planck was present at the March 10, 2014, New Baltimore town board meeting when the Lewis-McKeon-Loux were making their unfounded and unfactual remarks about “hostile environment” but he doesn’t mention a thing about it in his most recent article.  Looks to us like Diane Lewis, Arlene McKeon and Mousey Marjorie have been down at Donovan’s Shady Harbor (the Demoncrats watering hole) sucking up the Long Island teas again (You gals have to get a handle on your drinking habits and a muzzle on your snouts!) The fact is that Brooks resigned in disgrace following exposure of her misuse of her public office as New Baltimore town clerk. Any “health issues” excuse is a smoke screen!

Here, Diane, Arlene, Marjorie, Sharon.  Try this on, should fit.

Here, Diane, Arlene, Marjorie, Sharon.
Try this on, should fit.

The Glaring Point is that Jane Brooks Resigned in Disgrace and Now the Demon-crats are trying to do Damage Control. Diane Lewis and her New Baltimore Democrat Committee are squirming, the Democrats in New Baltimore are enraged, and flailing about like wounded rats!

The New Baltimore Demoncrats' Only Response It's all they know!

The New Baltimore Demoncrats’ Only Response
It’s all they know!

So what is the real story, then? Did the thought of going to work to get paid and keeping regular office hours adversely affect Janet Brooks’ health? Or was it the fact of working full-time hours to collect a full-time salary and benefits create a “hostile environment”? Is the Johnson Newspaper Group’s reporter Jessica Mosier handing us a bucket of crap or does the New Baltimore contingent of the New Baltimore contingent of the Sisterhood of the Barren Womb,, the Coven of Lewis, McKeon, Loux, know the real story?  We think the New Baltimore community has a right to know the real story, don’t you?

The Coven was also upset about a local resident’s letter to the editor, in which the resident complains of obstruction tactics used by, Guess Who? Lisa Benway and Chris Norris on the New Baltimore Town Board. We’ve already reported on that and you can read our report at A New Baltimore Resident’s Letter to the Editor: Benway, Norris Obstructing the Board?

But that’s their idea of using Town government time and resources wisely. That’s their idea of good citizenship. Defend the crooks and abuse the board and other honest residents. It’s the Demon-crat mantra: “Being unstable and bitchy are all part of our mystique!

It’s truly sad that a handful of sour, dour, dingbats can put such a spin on what is factually criminal. But until the residents of New Baltimore and its neighbors can get a handle on the depraved groups like the New Baltimore contingent of the Sisterhood of the Barren Womb and ones like them, we’re going to be subjected to their lies and abuse, all they know how to do. 

It's Truly Sad That We Can't Have Better than Backstabbing in New Baltimore! The Coven Can't Stomach Honesty

It’s Truly Sad That We Can’t Have Better than Backstabbing in New Baltimore!
The Coven Can’t Stomach Honesty
The Editor

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2014 in 2Luck.com, Abuse of Public Office, Accountability, Andrew Vale, Arlene McKeon, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Bitter Bob (Ross), Bob Dorrance, Bob Knighten, Bob Ross, Catskill-Hudson Newspapers, Charles A. Bucca, Chris Norris, Christopher Norris, Columbia-Greene Media, Conflict of Interest, Congdon Flaherty O’Callahan Reid Donlan Travis Fishlinger, Conspiracy, Corruption, Daily Mail, David Wukitsch, Democratic Caucus, Democratic Party Committee, Denis Jordan, Diane Jordan, Diane Lewis, Eleanor Luckacovic, Eleanor Oldham, Elected Official, Eric T. Schneiderman, FBI, FBI Criminal Information System, FBI Public Corruption Squad, Government, Greene County, Greene County Board of Elections, Greene County District Attorney, Greene County News, Greene County Sheriff, Gregory R. Seeley, Harassment, Hearst Corporation, Histrionics, Hudson Valley, Hypocrisy, Ignorance, Incompetence, Investigation, Janet Brooks, Jessica Mosier, Joan Ross, John B. Johnson, John Luckacovic, Johnson Newspaper Group, Letter to the Editor, Lisa Benway, Marjorie Loux, Marjorie Loux, Mark Vinciguerra, Misconduct, Misinformation, Mismanagement, Misuse of Public Office, Nepotism, New Baltimore, New Baltimore Democratic Committee, New Baltimore Democrats, New Baltimore Elections, New Baltimore Town Board Member, New York, New York State, News Channel 10, News Channel 13, News Channel 6, News Herald, Nick Dellisanti, NYMIR, NYS Assembly, NYS Senate, Office of the Attorney General, Official Misconduct, Pete Lopez, Public Corruption, Ravena News Herald, RegisterStar, Robert Dorrance, Sharon Bradbury, Small Town, Stupidity, Susan K. O'Rorke, Times Union, Town Board Meeting, Town Clerk, Transparency, William Fishlinger, Wright Risk Management